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And Then There Was One! – Italian Football News 25 Feb 22

Calcio Daily - The Daily Italian Football Podcast!
Calcio Daily - The Daily Italian Football Podcast!
And Then There Was One! – Italian Football News 25 Feb 22
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Barca thrash naive Napoli and Lazio fail against Porto, leaving only Atalanta in the Europa League.

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It was a really poor night for Italian teams in the Europa League playoffs. After the dust had cleared, Italy was left with only Atalanta remaining in the competition. 
 
Napoli were thrashed 4-2 at home by a dominant Barcelona after being pressured into conceding two early goals. They did pull a goal back via a Lorenzo Insigne penalty but went a further goal down by half time. 
 
An Aubameyang belter in the second half sealed the deal before Politano scored a final consolation for Napoli. 
 
The silver lining for Napoli is that they can now focus on Serie A without the extra games of the Europa League or Coppa Italia. 
 
The same is true for Lazio, who were eliminated from the competition after a 2-2 draw at home to Porto, who were 2-1 up from the first leg. 
 
An early Immobile goal was cancelled out by a Taremi penalty but the crucial goal was scored by Porto’s Uribe with 20 minutes to go, meaning that Lazio had to score twice.  
 
Cataldi did get a goal late into injury time but that was not enough to keep Lazio in the competition. 
 
Italy’s flag bearers are now Atalanta who made light work of a tricky away tie, beating Olymipacos 3-0 for a 5-1 aggregate win. Maehle put Atalanta ahead minutes before half time and a quick fire double from Malinovskyi in the 66th and 69th minute rounded off a good win for Atalanta. 
 
Roma are still in the Europa Conference League and, along with Atalanta, will find out who they meet in their next round of that competition in the draw that takes place today. 
 
Both Milan clubs are in action tonight and should get easy wins. Leaders Milan are at home to Udinese while Inter are away to Genoa, who need the points to climb out of the relegation spots. 
 
A full programme of Serie A games this weekend, here are the fixtures: 

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